Fulham v Manchester City Live Commentary & Result, 13/03/2021, Premier League

9′ Anguissa robs Mendy of possession and tries to stab a pass forward towards Cavaleiro, but the visitors are on their mettle to clear the danger.

8′ Laporte covers at the back as Lookman gets the better of Dias in the final third, but the Frenchman halts his progress.

6′ Mendy raids down the left flank and drills a cross into the box. Areola punches it clear, but it falls to Jesus. The Brazilian tries to line up a drive, only to be closed down before he can shoot.

4′ Cavaleiro sends Lookman through on goal with a ball over the top. He twists and turns to open up a space for a strike, but Stones diverts it behind. However, the offside flag goes up late anyway against the winger.

4′ Stones tries to send Cancelo down the right flank, but Aina is alert and clears the danger for the home side.

2′ Lookman raids upfield down the right flank and tries to send an offload towards Cavaleiro, but Dias makes the interception in the box.

1′ We’re underway at Craven Cottage.

Fulham are winless in their last 13 Premier League games against Man City (D3 L10) since a 3-1 away win in April 2009. They’ve lost the last eight in a row by an aggregate score of 23-3.

City have made seven changes to their side from their win over Southampton. Stones starts in a back three alongside Laporte and Dias. Cancelo and Mendy play as wing-backs with Rodri and Silva in the middle of the park. Jesus, Aguero and Torres start as a front three as Guardiola opts to rest several key players for the contest.

Fulham have made two changes to their side that beat Liverpool last week. Loftus-Cheek comes into the side in the final third to replace Maja, while Bobby Decordova-Reid misses out and Zambo Anguissa comes into the fold.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Eric Garcia.

MANCHESTER CITY (3-4-3): Ederson; John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte; Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy; Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero.

FULHAM SUBS: Michael Hector, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan, Josh Onomah, Josh Maja, Terence Kongolo, Fabri, Antonee Robinson.

FULHAM (4-3-1-2): Alphonse Areola; Kenny Tete, Alphonse Areola, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Harrison Reed, Mario Lemina; Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Ivan Cavaleiro, Ademola Lookman.

City responded to their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United last week with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Southampton during the week. Pep Guardiola and his men were rampant against the Saints, proving that their loss to their rivals was only a minor blip on their quest to win the Premier League crown. They cannot afford to take the Cottagers lightly after seeing what they did to Liverpool last time out.

Fulham can climb out of the bottom three for the first time since December by claiming a point. Scott Parker’s men have lost only one out of their last seven Premier League games, and secured a huge win over Liverpool on the road last week. The Cottagers have been playing excellent football and have given themselves real hope of avoiding the drop. However, challenges don’t come much bigger than City.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

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